Requirements and Selection of Residents

The following information guides the Residency Program Director (RPD), the Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare (MCHS–FH) pharmacy management team, and program preceptors in selecting and ranking pharmacy residency candidates. Mayo Clinic Human Resources policies will apply upon final acceptance of all pharmacy residency candidates as they will be considered employees.

Application Processing

All pharmacy residency applicants must submit the following documents by using the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application System (PhORCAS) as part of the application process:

All application materials are tracked by the residency program director, and each application is reviewed for completeness by a designated group of pharmacists as listed above, using an objective scoring tool (PhORCAS Application Evaluation). On-site interview invitations are extended to selected candidates. 

On-Site Interview

Personal interviews are required for all pharmacy residency applicants who will be considered for a pharmacy residency position. Interviews will be conducted using the principles of behavioral interviewing with questions identified to evaluate the following qualities of an applicant:

  • Communication skills
  • Prior work experience
  • Clinical and educational experience
  • Professional goals
  • Professional maturity
  • Teamwork
  • Applicant’s questions
  • Presentation skills (subject knowledge, organization, explanations from evidence, graphics, conclusions, mechanics, answers to questions, eye contact)

NMS Program Rank List

The Match is sponsored and supervised by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) and administered by the National Matching Services, Inc. The pharmacy residency position will be offered through the Resident Match Program (RMP) and the rules for this process will be adhered to by MCHS–FH.

Prior to the NMS rank list deadline a departmental resident applicant ranking meeting will be conducted. A rank list will be determined by group consensus using the scores that are generated from the interview process as a starting template with further considerations given to all the knowledge gained through the interview process. The final rank list will be decided upon by the RPD and members of the pharmacy management team and the RPD will have the final responsibility for submitting the NMS rank list by the deadline.  

Pharmacy Resident Qualifications

  • United States employment authorization, which includes presenting documents or identification cards establishing your identity and proof of employment eligibility in the United States.
  • Successful completion of a background check and pre-employment evaluation, including a urine drug screen, to ensure physical requirements are met for the position. Employment cannot begin with Mayo Clinic until successful completion of these requirements.
  • Receipt of a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from a college of pharmacy accredited or pending accreditation by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Experience prior to day 1 of residency.
  • Proof of following immunizations prior to beginning the residency:
    • Tuberculin test
    • Varicella, rubella and rubeola immunity
    • Up-to-date diphtheria and tetanus shots
    • Hepatitis B vaccination or signed declaration
    • Additional documentation may be required at the discretion of Mayo Clinic.
  • Attained a passing score on the North American Pharmacy Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) and the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE) to obtain a Wisconsin pharmacist license. It is expected that the incoming PGY1 resident is licensed in the State of Wisconsin prior to the first learning experience after orientation concludes. This typically occurs four weeks after the start of the program. Failure to obtain a Wisconsin pharmacist license by August 30 of the residency year may result in termination. Residents with extenuating circumstances may appeal for a thirty day waiver. If approved, the resident must be licensed as a pharmacist in the State of Wisconsin by September 30.
  • All employment policies and procedures, including licensure requirements and extended leave policies must be adhered to.
  • The pharmacy residency position is to end after 12 months and may result in the termination of employment at that time.